McDonald’s, Starbucks and other major food brands cut ties with Russia

At present, it is almost impossible to avoid the constant deluge of declarations of the myriad of companies sever ties with Russia following its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. From Coca-Cola and Nestle to McDonald’s and Starbucks, the corporate exodus from Russia is growing day by day as outrage mounts over increasing civilian carnage.

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson expressed sympathy for Ukrainians affected by ‘horrible attacks’ ino tuesday letter to partners this announced the multi-billion dollar company’s decision to “suspend all business activity in Russia,” including in-store operations and retail shipments of Starbucks-branded products.

“Our licensed partner has agreed to immediately suspend store operations and will provide support to the nearly 2,000 partners in Russia who depend on Starbucks for their livelihoods,” Johnson added.

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McDonald’s also continues to support employees even as it halts business operations. CEO Chris Kempczinski revealed in a E-mail to employees and franchisees that while the Golden Arches temporarily closed in Russia and Ukraine, it would continue to pay salaries to workers in both countries, as well as donating $5 million to its employee relief fund.

Other giants in their respective sectors like retail (Amazon) and streaming (Netflix) have already unplugged what has become one of the the greatest collective political statements in memory, as well as added to the increasing difficulties encountered by every day Russians.

After two weeks of armed conflict, the The UN estimates that around 2 million Ukrainians have been displaced, a number likely to grow without a Kremlin resolution. This week, President Joe Biden announced a ban on Russian imports of oil, natural gas and coal which could already increase record prices for everyday goods. Mean cumers have no choice but to sit back and watch this conflict continue to impact lives on a global scale.

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